The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 9, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 9, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing in my new tradition, here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week.

I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm.

It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think.

I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts.

Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:


Steve Roesler

Target The Right Audience For Your Talents

Steve RoeslerHide not your talents, they for use were made.
What’s a sun-dial in the shade?
–Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

Everyone is talented at something. Everyone.

Where you decide to perform can build you up or whittle you down. That’s what “best fit” is all about.

So pick the venue that’s a showcase, not a coffin.

Read the post…


Vineet Nayar

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Vineet NayarA young manager accosted me the other day. “I’ve been reading all about leadership, have implemented several ideas, and think I’m doing a good job at leading my team. How will I know when I’ve crossed over from being a manager to a leader?” he wanted to know.

I didn’t have a ready answer and it’s a complicated issue, so we decided to talk the next day. I thought long and hard, and came up with three tests that will help you decide if you’ve made the shift from managing people to leading them.

Counting value vs Creating value. You’re probably counting value, not adding it, if you’re managing people. Only managers count value…

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Natalie Robehmed

25 Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

Natalie RobehmedThe arduous experience of entrepreneurship often makes founders a fount of business advice. From billionaire Richard Branson to Garrett Camp, co-founder of transport startup Uber, both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs have tips to share through their Twitter feeds.

Branson regularly tweets links to articles he recommends, with the proprietary hashtag #readbyrichard.

Matt Robinson, founder of British interbank transfer startup GoCardless, writes a thoughtful blog on building a company and often tweets the entries he pens.

Read the post…


Frank Sonnenberg

Be Humble: Don’t Let Success Go to Your Head

Frank SonnerbergTheir stories are all too common: After years of hard work pursuing the American Dream, these self-motivated high achievers reach the pinnacle of success that’s so richly deserved. And — you guessed it; they let success go to their head. Whatever happened to being humble?

These folks think they’re so special. They buy expensive “toys” to show how successful they’ve become, and they push aside colleagues who’ve helped them achieve success. They abandon the values and principles that have made them successful. And worse yet, because they’re successful in one area of their life, they come to think they’re experts in everything. Why? They’re so enamored with their own PR that…

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Mark Schaefer

A surprising insight on social media measurement: Activity does matter

Mark SchaeferMost social media “gurus” will be quick to point out that activity-based metrics such as number of posts, followers, or re-tweets are meaningless because they don’t measure real business value. I’m going to take a contrarian viewpoint today and explain that in the real world, these simple measurements are not only useful, they may be critical.

A few years ago, I was working as a consultant on a new marketing initiative for an extremely conservative, slow-moving company.  As we were getting to know each other, I asked the people around the table “If we gathered here a year from now and you told me that our initiative had been wildly successful, what would have been achieved?”

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Hugh Ballou

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Hugh Ballou (Author)

  • Thank you so much for including my post Hugh. I appreciate it more than you’ll even know. Have an awesome week. Best, Frank